The Australian Boomers have bolstered their coaching staff with the appointment of assistant coach David Patrick, an Australian who has spent several years in the US Collegiate system with the University of California (UC) Riverside.
Patrick will join the Boomers at the start of their selection camp in early August with preparations ramping up for the 2019 FIBA World Cup which will feature an expanded 32 teams as well as the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
His appointment is a collaborative effort with UC Riverside who were extremely supportive of Patrick’s opportunity to perform with the national team and on the international stage.
“I am honoured to be joining the Boomers coaching staff for the 2019 FIBA World Cup and Tokyo Olympic campaign,” said Patrick.
“Coach Lemanis and his staff have done a magnificent job in their preparation and I am hopeful I can help them achieve continued success. Australian basketball is at an all-time high and has made its imprint globally.”
Patrick will assist the Boomers in game preparation as they scout teams ahead of matches at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
I’m really pleased that we have been able to add David to our coaching staff,” said Boomers head coach Andrej Lemanis.
“He is a very experienced coach who will bring his own unique talents to the group.
“David has certainly done the hard yards of coaching and has worked his way to be the head coach of his own College program which reflects the wonderful skills he has as a person and coach.
“He is also extremely passionate about the success of Australian basketball and is committed to helping the team be the best it can be. His experience, values and skill set are a significant addition to the team.”
The Australian Boomers 2019 FIBA World Cup Schedule (times TBA):
September 1: Boomers vs. Canada
September 3: Boomers vs. Senegal
September 5: Boomers vs. Lithuania
September 9: Round of 16
September 10/11: Quarter-Finals
September 13: Semi-Finals
September 15: Medal Games